GMA Network‘s news department vehemently denied netizens’ claims that they are protecting President Duterte from criticisms.
GMA News has been in hot water recently after following several controversial news reports and articles.
Netizens slammed GMA News for its insensitive publishing of former President Aquino’s blunders while the nation is still mourning for his untimely passing.
The network’s news department was also called out several times for other news reports and articles that showed leniency to the Duterte administration.
And one particular event that caught the ire of the netizens was the reduction of Joseph Morong’s fact check report about the government’s pandemic response.
Netizens noted the huge gap between the report aired over their late newscast Saksi and the one they posted on their social media platforms. What added to the people’s suspicion is Morong’s transfer from the Malacanang beat to other assignments.
But GMA News strongly belied netizens’ accusations saying they are only exercising and upholding their ethical standard when they cut some portions on the report.
“We take strong exception to this.
“Our record speaks for itself across the many different administrations we covered.
“We remain committed to serve the public and honor their trust by reporting the news that is fair, balanced, and accurate.”
Asked if they received backlash from Malacanang thus the decision to splice the report and re-assign Morong, the network said they receive non and it was a normal part of their self-policing policy.
“We did not receive any complaint about that report.
“It was taken down as part of self-policing applying our strict ethics and editorial standards.”